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Don’t Buy tablets

by Jack Turner

With dim, unresponsive touchscreens, tortoise-slow processors and batteries that won’t last through the afternoon, these tablet duds are to be avoided.

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Our Test Labs compare features and prices on a range of products. Try Which? to unlock our reviews. You'll instantly be able to compare our test scores, so you can make sure you don't get stuck with a Don't Buy.

Buying a terrible tablet can be infuriating, leaving you with a useless block of plastic that takes ages to open web pages or to move between apps and which runs out of power in the blink of an eye. Our in-depth tablet testing can prevent you wasting money by alerting you to the Don't Buy tablets that you should leave on the shelf, and identifying the Best Buy tablets you should consider instead.

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What makes a Don't Buy tablet?

A bad tablet can be a daily frustration. It may take ages to come to life, or have a lethargic touchscreen. The worst tablets have lacklustre batteries that trembles at the thought of being away from a plug socket. Don't be a fooled by an tempting price tag or marketing spiel - a tablet bargain can prove to be anything but, if the equipment itself is no good. 

Our tests reveal Best Buys that don't have any of these problems, and are simply a joy to use. Snappy processors, crystal clear screens and batteries that last for hours can all be yours if you read our recommendations and pick up a Best Buy. You don't have to spend the earth, either.

Unique tablet testing by Which?

Which? reviews all the latest tablets, including models from Apple, Amazon, Samsung, Google and Microsoft, to help you find the best tablets and avoid the worst. Through in-depth testing, we can recommend the tablets that give you sharp screens with punchy colours, easy-to-use software and all-day battery life. We can also help you steer clear of the tablets that you’ll wish you’d never picked up.

  • We look at ease-of-use from the moment you open the box. If a tablet is tricky to set up or hard to work with, we’ll let you know and tell you why.
  • We test touchscreens for accuracy and responsiveness, and have a panel of experts to judge the screen quality, plus how easy it is to view even in bright daylight.
  • We run three sets of battery tests on every tablet, playing video continuously until it goes flat, then browsing the web over a wi-fi connection. We also give it an emergency thirty-minute charge to see how long that lasts.

Our tests cover every type of tablet, from big-screen, business-focused models to small-screen tablets aimed at kids. Whether you want to go mini or spend big, we can find the right tablet for you.

Don’t get stuck with a dodgy tablet that’s slow to start-up, badly built or awful to use. Join Which? to find out which tablets are Don’t Buys and which are Best Buys.